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Biden's families plan includes free meals for millions of low-income children

PoliticsApr 28, 2021 06:20AM ET
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By Trevor Hunnicutt

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden on Wednesday will propose that Congress spend $45 billion to provide free meals to millions more low-income children, a move that would expand anti-poverty measures adopted in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Biden wants lawmakers to fund the permanent expansion of a bridge program that gives low-income families cash to pay for food in the months when school is out for the summer and lunches aren't served. He is also asking to provide more money for free meals in high-poverty areas throughout the school year.

The nutrition program is one component of Biden's $1.8 trillion American Families Plan, which would raise taxes on wealthy individuals to pay for initiatives shoring up lower-income families.

"The pandemic illustrated the need to address food insecurity," said Kelliann Blazek, a White House aide whose portfolio includes agriculture and rural policy. "Some of these investments are really pulling on lessons learned during the pandemic."

In 2019, 5.3 million children lived in households unable to guarantee food for the whole family throughout the year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The administration is also asking Congress to reward schools that expand healthful food offerings with incentive payments and also to allow individuals convicted of drug-related crimes to continue receiving food stamp benefits.

For the funding to be approved, the proposal will need the approval of a closely divided Congress.

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Roger Miller
Roger Miller Apr 29, 2021 9:18PM ET
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Responsible people can always find help if needed and always have. Government programs result in the enabling of increasing numbers of irresponsible people.
Roger Miller
Roger Miller Apr 29, 2021 9:18PM ET
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Handing out free birth control would be much cheaper and humane.
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CatholicMan Apr 28, 2021 9:58AM ET
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The wrong solution again.
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Joel Hauser Apr 28, 2021 9:16AM ET
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IF CONS OPPOSE THIS THEN JESUS WEEPS.
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Jesus weeps when you keep people poor and make it easier for irresponsible people to be parents. At one time religous organizations helped the poor, and did a much better job then the government.
 
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